Remote & Flexible Learning
PLEASE NOTE: We will be regularly updating this page with more resources and further information.
This week we would like to say Thank you to all our parents and carers for the wonderful home schooling you are doing with your children. The home school partnership is the bed rock for student’s wellbeing and learning especially during these uncertain times.
Torquay College staff appreciate all the positive feedback from families and we extend our gratitude and good wishes.
This week we are excited to start our Virtual Class Meetings via the WebEx program. This is an exciting opportunity for students and teachers to interact online.
Virtual Class Meetings
Each class will be holding two Virtual Class Meetings with all students. This offers students an opportunity to connect with their class and class teacher. Teachers may be engaging in a community circle, a social activity, a new learning activity or explain a task. This is a wonderful opportunity for our students to connect with each other, ask questions and clarify understandings about learning that has been planned.
These class meetings will be held via WebEx. Families have access to instructions for WebEx via their platform SeeSaw (years F-2) or Google classroom (years 3-6). While these virtual class meetings are over the internet, any family not connected will continue to book one on one conferences with their teachers once a week via Sentral.
If you need to gain access to digital technology the school will provide devices for loan. If you are having issues with the technology please log a ticket with the IT help desk via the school website on the Remote Learning page. A technician will contact you to provide support.
We have a suggested daily routine that families can adapt to suit their circumstances. The learning tasks developed are for all students, and if you feel there is too much work please make the adjustments that works for your family.
If you do require your student to be on-site, please download and complete the on-site attendance form below.
Suggested Daily Schedule
8.30 – 9.30am
Play outside, go for a walk, play with your pet, ride your bike
9.30 - 10.30am
Select a literacy task; reading, writing or spelling task from activities listed.
Select a Mathematics task from activities listed
Select an Art activity or a home construction activity with your child’s favourite materials i.e. Lego, craft, music, instrument
Select an Inquiry or Indonesian task from activities listed
Select a physical education activity or wellbeing activity.
Suggestions to ensure a successful home learning environment:
establishing and following a daily routine
defining a space for your child to work in
monitoring communications from teachers and others
taking an active role in helping your children process their learning
encouraging physical activity and/or exercise
checking in with your child regularly to help them manage stress
monitoring how much time your child is spending online
keeping your children social, but set rules around their social media interactions
Setting up a learning environment:
Try to create a quiet and comfortable learning space. Your child may have a regular place for doing homework under normal circumstances, but this space may not be suitable for working in for an extended period of time.
A space/location for extended learning should be a public/family space, not in a bedroom where possible. It should be a place that can be quiet at times.
Above all, ensure you or another adult is present and monitoring your children's learning.
Being confined to home for an extended period of time can cause stress and conflict. Tips for looking after your children during isolation include:
Talking to your whole family about what is happening. Understanding the situation will reduce their anxiety.
Help your children to think about how they have coped with difficult situations in the past and reassure them that they will cope with this situation too. Remind them that the isolation won't last for long.
Exercise regularly. Options could include exercise DVDs, dancing, floor exercises, yoga, walking around the backyard or using home exercise equipment, such as a stationary bicycle, if you have it. Exercise is a proven treatment for stress and depression.
Encourage your children to keep in touch with family members and friends via telephone, email or social media (where appropriate).
We recommend that you take the time to explore issues of online safety and discuss these with your child. It is important that during this period of remote learning that we maintain safe and responsible use of information and communication technologies. This includes appropriate use of digital platforms, privacy and information protection, respectful communication and how to deal with online issues.
More information to come.
We understand that there may be concerns about the amount of time students are spending on devices. This continues to be an area of research. The health, safety and wellbeing of our students is of paramount importance to us.
For students in Foundation, online videos, games and learning engagements should exceed no more than one hour per day, broken into a minimum of three sessions (i.e. a maximum of 20 consecutive minutes).
For students in Grades 1-3, online videos, games and learning engagements should exceed no more than two hours per day, broken into a minimum of six sessions (i.e. a maximum of 20 consecutive minutes).
For students in Grades 4-6, online videos, games and learning engagements should exceed no more than two and a half hours per day, broken into a minimum of six sessions (i.e. a maximum of 20 consecutive minutes).
Parental support will be essential in monitoring learners during screen-time activities and ensuring that breaks are provided.
Please note that video conferencing and live-stream lessons are not considered part of students’ daily screen time.
IT support will be available via over the phone, email and remote system support. please log a ticket by following the link below.